A world-class field operation advancing robotic systems for air, land, sea, and space.
The RSL provides interdisciplinary, hands-on engineering education that engages and challenges undergraduate and graduate students in exciting ways. Systems are designed and controlled by students to meet the specific needs of a wide range of external clients and collaborators from government, academia, industry, and nonprofit sectors.
The Robotics Systems Laboratory was selected by the National Academy of Engineering as a model program for its Real World Engineering initiative and publication.
- Satellite mission control center with distributed radio communication stations on campus, at NASA Ames, and across the country
- Mobile mission control center
- NASA Ames Research Center lab facility
- Several underwater robots, ranging from professional-class 1000' vehicles to pool-grade vehicles
- Several autonomous boats, to include a science-grade bathymetric mapping vessel to a fleet of automated kayaks
- Automated Gator-class ATV
- More than a dozen research-grade wheeled robots
- Ten research-class aerial vehicles, ranging from octocopters to fixed wing drones
- Operational control of multiple on-orbit NASA spacecraft in the end-of-life testing and educational use phase
- Robot manipulator workcell
- Ultrawideband tracking system
- Vision tracking system
- A range of marine instrumentation to include CTD sensors, samplers, etc.
- A range of imagers for land and aerial vehicles, to include visual and infrared cameras as well as a multispectral imaging system
- Indoor drone test chamber
- Indoor 100,000 class clean tent
- SUV and pickup truck
- 7 support trailers
Affiliate Access Agreements
- Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute: Access to marine systems, indoor test tank, test equipment, and machine shop
- NASA Ames Research Center: Access to development labs, field test sites, etc.
Bringing fresh, delicious, nutritious food to the 1.1 billion malnourished people in the world is the mission of Sam Bertram ’16, M.S. ’18. The technical and entrepreneurial skills he developed at SCU are helping him turn his vision to reality.
RSL staff member Thomas Adamek and graduate students Michael Neumann and Jasmine Cashbaugh led a number of students in an underwater robotics deployment in Monterey Bay as part of the ENGR 180 Marine Operations course. Students learned how to deploy and pilot the Triton tethered underwater robot. Guests included Fr. John Rose Santiago and program mentor Lloyd Droppers.